* Posts by stewate4

8 posts • joined 2 Mar 2017

Sorry, Neil Armstrong. Boffins say you may not have been first life-form to set foot on the Moon

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Arthur C Clarke and 'The Sentinel'

The Arthur C Clarke story 'The Sentinel' (remote 'ancestor' of his film 2001: A Space Odyssey) has moon explorers finding life on the moon

'The only living things that had ever existed there were a few primitive plants and their slightly less degenerate ancestors.'

I remember thinking when I read it as a kid that it was unlikely as the Moon could never have had an atmosphere. Seems I was wrong.

The Solar System's oldest minerals reveal the Sun's violent past

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Hibonite Gems

Is hibonite created in other processes. I see you can get hibonite gems. Are they the same thing?

Annoyingly precocious teen who ruined Trek is now an asteroid

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And that's why IMHO Deep Space 9 was so much better. It did actually have story arc over seasons as well as stand alone episodes.

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Well it made a change from the holodeck going mad and trying to kill everyone

How alien civilizations deal with climate is a measure of how smart they are. Just sayin'...

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Re: Vehicle efficiency

Well it would be rather hard to go beyond 100% efficiency!

That apple.com link you clicked on? Yeah, it's actually Russian

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Checked it for myself, and yes it does (fixed with the same fix as for Thunderbird)

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Does this affect links in Thunderbird email messages?

Move over, Bernie Ecclestone. Scientists unearth Earth's oldest fossil yet: 4bn years old

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Re: Perhaps we haven't heard from anyone else because --

> And what can we detect at, say, 5 or 10 light-years from home?

I think finding an atmosphere around a planet with a high proportion of a reactive gas such as oxygen in it would be a good indication that there was life there.

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